The game followed a formula that had to propel the goals into the postseason. Jacob DeGrom again did well, Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run, leaving him shy of tying the Major League rookie record, and the Mets offense rallied in and 10- 3 wins Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
The game was strikingly emblematic of the Mets' unusual season. Even on the night when they showcased their best attributes – the leading contenders for the Cy Young Award and the Newcomer of the Year, they were still eliminated from the postseason.
The Milwaukee Brewers took care of this by beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 and claiming a final place in the National Wild Card League. It took 1
The last four games of the season will provide the platform for Alonso to try to break the record of Aaron Rude's rookies from 52 home runs, but they could also be the final games with Mickey Calloway as manager.
At the end of the baseball season in 2002, when the Bullets weighed in on whether to fire Bobby Valentine, team owner Fred Wilpon told Valentine to rule the last week of the season, as if it was the World Series. It was a test to see if after a season of loss and despair Valentine still had it in him to ignite the team for the last boost.
If he was to be tried last week, Valentin wanted the team to promote Class AA Jose Reyes – even at 19, Reyes was the organization's most dynamic player. Reyes stayed put, the Mets finished 1-6 for the week and Valentine was fired.
He probably would have disappeared anyway, but the last week might have made Wilpon's decision easier.
Seventeen years later, Calloway's fate lies in the hands of Fred Wilpon, his son Jeff and Brody Van Vagenen, general manager, each of whom evaluates Callaway's performance throughout the year.
"I think I'm the right person to lead this team there," Callaway said after Wednesday's win, "and I'll do it as much as I can as much as I can."
Many fans would vote for Callaway In June and July, this seemed like the obvious conclusion: Van Vagenen, who predicted good things when he took on the GM role in the off-season, inherited Callaway from the previous administration and watched the team drop 11 meetings below .500 in the middle of July
There was also a strange confrontation between Callaway and a reporter in Chicago in June, and there were some doubts Many seemed to emphasize Callaway's perception of being a picking coach in the American League, stumbling as a manager in the tactically more complex National League.
There is a list of reasons for Van Vagenen and Wilpons to choose a new manager especially if they spy on a replacement – perhaps a proven veteran like Joe Girardi, who in his time as a Yankees manager has built a reputation for being well prepared for any decision. There is also speculation that the Chicago Cubes will not return Joe Madden, who would likely load the Mets' fan base.
Reasons to hold Callaway are more difficult to see for many fans. But there is a team record for one. With 83 wins, this is only the third Mets team to finish above .500 since the club moved to City Field in 2009.
Yes, the bulps were bad, but the offense performed well (enters in Wednesday's game, the Bullets were fifth in total in the National League) and so began the rotational rotation. It's easy to wonder how a team with so many assets, especially deGrom and Alonso, could play so miserably in the first half of the season?
"Sometimes these parts don't always work together," Calloway said Tuesday. "We were missing some of that, right? Our bulps did not perform as well as we would have liked in the first half and it cost us. How many, 30 saves? It hurts. We have not always synchronized our offense and banishment. It costs us games. "
When I asked before this game what his role was in the way the season unfolded, Callaway strayed from the question, perhaps because the Bullets were still alive in the playoffs.
" We will go on to continue you beat, ”he replied. "We have a game to win tonight, and that's what I focus on every day. I am proud of the way everyone has fought. ”
But despite their nasty start, the Bullets made a delightful boost in the second half of the season, going 43-25 after the All-Star Game and reaching Wednesday's game with a mathematical chance of making the playoffs.
For a while, it looked as if the last week of the Mets' season would solidify the idea that the Callaway era was doomed in just two years. The poor loss to the downgraded Marlins on Monday was followed by eight offensive rebounds against them on Tuesday.
But unlike the team of 2002, the 2019 Mets showed some fighting. Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to finish the game, and the Mets won for the 11th time based on Brandon Nimmo, loaded .
The next day because the Metes still had that subatomic chance When making the playoffs, Callaway was asked before the match if deGrom could be used on a three-day break Sunday if the Metes were still alive.
Callaway said yes, but later warned reporters that their issues were too far ahead of the events.
"I can tell you, if he is healthy he will start opening the day next year," Calloway shouted.
Probably true, but this may not be Callaway's solution.
JEFF MCNEIL received a fracture in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch by Josh Smith in the sixth inning.